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September 18, 2010 8:39:21 AM

I found 2 sticks of 2gb ram and I've been using them in addition to my 4gb of ram for the past couple of weeks.
While looking in everest, I noticed that the timings are off. One of the sticks was gold, and the other black - but they were essentially the same ram. I got them both gold color at Frys and 1 of them was bad, so I had it replaced by the manufacture, who sent me the black colored one but said it should still work.

I was just wondering if my ram is off or needs to be tweaked.

[original ram]
DIMM1: Nanya M2Y2G64TU8HD6B-AC 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM2: Nanya M2Y2G64TU8HD6B-AC 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
[added on]
DIMM3: OCZ XTC Vista Upgrade Edition OCZ2VU8002G 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-6-6-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-5-5-15 @ 333 MHz) (3-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz)
DIMM4: OCZ XTC Vista Upgrade Edition OCZ2VU8002G 2 GB DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)

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September 18, 2010 11:50:03 AM

From your post, you can't truly tell if you have an issue outside of them having different default timing setting. I would look at CPUID CPU-Z to see what each individual RAM is set at (or in your BIOS). If all four are equal and the system is stable, you are good to go :)  If not equal, there could be a concern, specially if you are receiving random BSOD.
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September 18, 2010 6:33:11 PM

Hey techmo, thanks for replying. I actually don't have much of a problem, but I do randomly get some freezes for about 2-5 seconds long and maybe a weird graphic freeze once in a while.
My PSU actually got fried yesterday when playing the new Mafia II expansion, and I just really got concerned about my computer. That's when I looked up my memory and noticed some different timings.

I just downloaded CPUID, and here are the results:


The first two match up perfectly, but the other 2 I added in a while ago don't seem to be the same.
Could I possibly overclock the other 2 to get the timings the same? That would be in BIOS right?
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September 18, 2010 7:05:14 PM

You want to look at the Memory Tab to see what they are actually set at. Those screen shots show what you have listed above in your first post.
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September 18, 2010 7:27:09 PM

Oh wow, woops.. sorry here is the memory tab:
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September 18, 2010 8:39:56 PM

Your RAM is running at the highest timings and settings of the four RAM. This is typically what happens when mixing RAM. You should be fine as RAM normally doesn't have an issue running at looser timings at the same voltage.
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September 18, 2010 9:24:33 PM

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